World Russia Gives Frosty Review of First Joe Biden-Vladimir Putin Call
Biden had his first call with Putin. He said everything Trump wouldn’t.
“Finally we have a president who will confront Putin on the real issues at hand,” an expert told Vox.During a briefing on Tuesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki provided a summary of the afternoon call between the two leaders. Based on the litany of topics she relayed, it sounds like Biden took Putin to task in what was surely an uncomfortable conversation.
The Kremlin has warned that a U.S.-Russia diplomatic reset is not on the cards after the first call between Presidentand President , in which the new commander-in-chief set out a list of American grievances with its strategic rival.
Putin's spokesperson Dmitry Peskov gave a lukewarm review ofto journalists on Wednesday, noting that there remain many topics on which Moscow and Washington do not see eye-to-eye.
In first call with Putin, Biden marks a return to skepticism from the top
Less than a week after taking office, Biden lists U.S. complaints and pivots from Trump’s deference. The phone call less than a week into Biden’s term was his first known contact with an adversarial foreign leader. It came as the United States has joined European nations and others in condemning the detention of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and after a crackdown on street protests.
"Conditions haven't been created yet to reset," Peskov said, according to Russia's state-run Tass news agency.
He added: "It's enough that the presidents took note of a rather large number of serious disagreements and emphasized the need to maintain dialogue."
Peskov's remarks came despite Moscow's announcement that Russia and the U.S. had reached a deal to extend thetreaty, which had been due to lapse next month. Moscow had long pushed for an extension, but the administration of former President had refused to discuss one.
Peskov went on: "There is no reason to talk about resetting relations at the moment."
Biden is expected to take a harder line with Moscow than his predecessor, who was regularly accused of failing to hold Putin to account for human rights abuses, covert operations abroad and militarism.
Putin warns of 'all against all' fight if global tensions are not resolved
Putin's appearance at the Davos Agenda summit was not flagged up on the pre-conference schedule."The coronavirus pandemic has become a major challenge to mankind, and it has accelerated structural changes, the pre-conditions for which were already in place," he said at a virtual meeting of the World Economic Forum.
A White House readout of Biden's call said the new president had raised a series of contentious issues with his Russian counterpart. "President Biden reaffirmed the United States' firm support for Ukraine's sovereignty," the readout said.
"He also raised other matters of concern, including the SolarWinds hack, reports ofon United States soldiers in Afghanistan, interference in the 2020 United States election and the poisoning of Aleksey Navalny."
"President Biden made clear that the United States will act firmly in defense of its national interests in response to actions by Russia that harm us or our allies," the White House statement went on. "The two presidents agreed to maintain transparent and consistent communication going forward."
Biden has vowed to put democracy and human rights at the center of his foreign policy, which will undoubtedly bring him into conflict with Putin's authoritarian government.
Russia's Vladimir Putin Says Worldwide Tensions Might Worsen Due to COVID Pandemic
"The coronavirus pandemic has become a major challenge to mankind, and it has accelerated structural changes, the preconditions for which were already in place," Putin said during a virtual meeting of the World Economic Forum. "We have every reason to believe that the tensions might be aggravated even further," he continued, citing experts who compared the current state of global affairs to the late 1920s and early 1930s. Putin added that parallels could be drawn between the past and present in terms of the scale of what he called systemic "challenges and potential threats.
The new administration has already demanded the, who was jailed on his return from Germany where he had gone to recover from an assassination attempt in August. Reports indicate that the Russian FSB secret service was responsible for his poisoning.
Peskov said on Wednesday that Putin had "provided all necessary explanations" to Biden when questioned on Navalny.
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